Copycat Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Stix are easy to make with frozen bread dough. This recipe is for Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Sticks and maple frosting dip.
My kids had a day off of school recently for the end of the quarter and they wanted some soft pretzels. They love getting pretzels from Auntie Anne’s at the mall but they love homemade pretzels like these Soft Pretzel Nuggets too. The problem was that I had so many things I had to get done that I didn’t have time to make homemade pretzels. So, I compromised and made semi-homemade pretzels using frozen bread dough.
I put two loaves of frozen bread dough on a greased jelly roll pan. Warm the oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off. Boil a quart of water and put it into a shallow pan on the lowest oven rack. Place the pan into the oven and allow the dough to thaw and rise for 2-4 hours.
One the dough has risen, cut it into sticks. I used kitchen shears and was able to get 14 sticks from each loaf. Dip the dough into a baking soda and water solution. The baking soda mixture is what makes these pretzel sticks taste like the mall pretzels and without it the pretzels will just taste like breadsticks!
Place the pretzel sticks on a silicone mat on a baking sheet (or a just grease the baking sheet) working in batches.
Bake the pretzel sticks at 425 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
Dip the pretzel sticks into melted butter.
Then, roll them in cinnamon and sugar until they are coated.
I didn’t coat all of the soft pretzel sticks in cinnamon and sugar but sprinkled some with kosher salt instead.
When my girls get cinnamon and sugar pretzel sticks at the mall, they like to get cheese dip with them. Yes, you read that right…cheese dip with cinnamon and sugar pretzels! But I think they are crazy so I made some maple frosting to dip the pretzels in.
To make the maple frosting dip, mix together powdered sugar, maple flavoring and milk. Put the frosting into little cups and dip the cinnamon sugar soft pretzel sticks into it.
Yum! I can’t wait to try these. I can’t picture cutting the loaves into the sticks but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. My kids/grandkids will love these!
I walked by the pretzel place in the mall today while doing some back to school shopping with the kids and it smelled wonderful! Because of my youngest daughters allergies we can’t eat there, but this recipe is perfect and doesn’t include any of her allergens! This will be something I pull out and make for her soon.
Those mall pretzel places really draw you in with the smell, don’t they? I hope you both enjoy these pretzel sticks!
I know!! Isn’t that crazy? They still haven’t gotten me to try it. 🙂
Shirley Bass says
So happy to have this recipe. Excited me! 😉
Kristen Duke says
Those look delicious! I think I’ll stick with maple dip over cheese dip for the cinnamon sugar pretzels! 🙂
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These look incredible Tonia! I love that maple frosting dip – YUM!
These sound and look delicious! You know I bet they’d be good rolled in butter, Parmesan and garlic, too.
Looks delicious! My kids would love these:-) Pinning!
Andrea @ Travel Cook Tell says
Oh, they look so delicious! I don’t know about the cheese dip, but the maple frosting dip must be a perfect combination!
I know…crazy kids! Thanks Andrea!